Wooly Tips


I decided to add this page because there are techniques that I have learned
over the years that may be helpful to others.  If you have some tips you
want to share, please email me at:  HomespunWhimsy@aol.com.

EMBROIDERY WITH WOOL
When you want to add embroidery to wool, there are many different techniques

to transfer your designs.  If you are using a cotton background with your wool,
put your piece on a light box with your design behind it.  Using a Frixion Pilot
pen is one technique.  You can find it in many office supply stores and quilt stores.
There are pros and cons to this pen.  It does come off with heat when you apply
an iron.  On some fabrics, it can leave a faint white line.  It's been said the
lines can show back up in cold temperatures.  So keep these things in mind
when you use them, experiment first.  For embroidery, if you draw the lines as exact as possible, your stitches will cover it up anyway.  

I also like to use Pigma Micron pens.
They are permanent and don't wash out and that is a pro and a con.  If you are 
using it for embroidery, you want to be sure you stay exactly in the lines so
once you stitch over them, the pen lines don't show.  They are also great for quilt labels!

Another technique for transferring your pattern to wool is using Glad Press N' Seal.
It's clear and sticky on one side.  This works great when you need to transfer any type of embroidery from the pattern to your project.  Cut a piece the size of your stitching project, place the sticky side down on your pattern and trace it with a Sharpie or Pigma pen.  Then lay the press n' seal over your project, pressing it down well with your fingers.  Stitch through the press n' seal and when you are done, carefully pull it away using a seam ripper.
Works great!




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